The end is near for the Can Emporia nonperishable food collection drive. All donations must be received by Washburn Student Government Association by 5 p.m. Friday.
This is the seventh annual competition between the student governments of Washburn and Emporia State University. Over the years, the drive has brought in hundreds of thousands of items for the two communities. All funds and cans will support the hungry or food insecure right here in Topeka.
WSGA President Shelbie Konkel said during the campaign’s launch in October she hoped this year’s drive would be fruitful because “we are working together with a passion similar to our namesake’s.”
The school that collects the most nonperishable food items by Friday will win bragging rights. So far, both schools have won the competition three times. The student body president of the second-place school will receive a pie in the face during halftime of the Emporia vs. Washburn football game. That game will be played Nov. 16 in Emporia.
WSGA is taking buses to Emporia for the game. Students can sign up now in the WSGA office, in the lower level of the Memorial Union. Everyone who signs up will receive a ticket to the game, transportation to and from the Living Learning Center, lunch and a T-shirt – all for free. The bus will leave Nov. 16 at 11 a.m. Get more information about the bus trip on Facebook.
A new option this year is donating online. Visit mywsga.com/donate to give by credit or debit card. Damian Barron, community liaison for WSGA, said donation bags also will be distributed to neighborhoods near campus in the coming weeks.
Barron is keeping the count of cans secret until the big reveal. In an email on Wednesday he said "the drive has been doing well so far but we really need that extra push from faculty, students, and the community.”
Barron applauded efforts of Washburn’s Greek community, which did a Trick or Treat for Cans last week, as well as Washburn Athletics, several student organizations and the Ichabod Shop for their support.
Don’t forget, every dollar raised is counted as three cans. Take a minute and make a difference.